Han And Lando Might Be Way More Important To Star Wars 7 Than We Thought

Recently, as significant Star Wars: Episode VII rumors started circulating on various Web sites, the side conversation focused on whether or not fans and fan sites would scour the corners of the cyber universe for nuggets of information if J.J. Abrams and his team would just share a little bit with us. Outside of the tremendous cast photo, which confirmed the actors in Abrams’ sequel, we don’t know plot details, or even the names of the characters cast mates are playing. So when we hear rumors about connections between Episode VII and the previous six Star Wars movies, we like to have fun connecting the dots.

In a substantial rundown of current Star Wars: Episode VII rumors, Latino-Review ticked off a number of connections between a second draft of the sequel and the earlier Star Wars movies – notably, Return of the Jedi, which will be the last stage of action leading into (sort of) the plot of Episode VII. Needless to say, we are going to be getting into a TON of potential spoilers here, so stop reading this article if you do not want to know any more about what might show up in Star Wars: Episode VII.

The most significant note in the laundry list of interesting elements was that the main characters in the story will be the daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia, likely played by Daisy Ridley. Secondly, the other lead will be "the child of Lando, and either a male or female, depending on who is cast." That, I’m guessing, will be John Boyega’s character. So far, so good.

Then, there are a lot of elements discussed in the L-R story that date back to previous drafts of the screenplay. Knowing that J.J. Abrams asked for an overhaul of a Michael Arndt draft has me wondering if any of these will still be part of the final draft, but it is reported that:

- The Empire still exists, and is engaged in a "cold war" with the Republic.

- The Jedi are now extinct, and Luke Skywalker is viewed as "the last of his kind."

- The Republic is excavating a neutral planet – referred to a "the Sith home world" – for a weapon. As it turns out, the whole planet is the weapon.

That last point seems to have been floating around for some time, and I’m not sure if it was ever disproven, changed, or remains intact as part of the developing sequel. Some of the things mentioned in the Latino-Review piece refute the MAJOR spoiler reported by Making Star Wars. Which goes to show that all of this online chatter might be misdirection, hurried reporting, and hearsay. As L-R points out, "Let’s not jump to conclusions here. Remember when I was all about the Mandalorians and Jedi Hunters? Whew! Slap my face."

Star Wars: Episode VII will be in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.

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